Vardy's 11 goals in a row breaks record
JAMIE Vardy wrote a new chapter in his fairy-tale rise from the wilderness of non-League football to playing for England, when he became the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches on Saturday.
The Leicester City striker's 24th-minute goal against Manchester United during their 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium eclipsed the record established across two seasons in 2003 by United's former Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and took Vardy closer to an even older record, set almost 84 years ago.
Van Nistelrooy was quick to congratulate Vardy, writing on Twitter: "Well done @vardy7! You're number one now and you deserved it. #11inarow."
Alan Shearer, the Premier League's all-time leading scorer with 260 goals, also offered congratulations, tweeting: "Congratulations @vardy7 what a magnificent achievement!!!"
Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen tweeted: "Take a bow Jamie Vardy! What an incredible story that just keeps going on and on."
United scorer Bastian Schweinsteiger said: "Vardy is playing really well and is dangerous. He runs in the channels. He did well to break the record."
Vardy told BBC Sport: "I'm delighted to have got the goal. It's a bit disappointing the way we conceded their goal because it could have been three points.
"I've just been taking each game as it comes. The record was not in my mind. It would have affected my performance and the team's and that's the last thing I wanted to do."
If he scores against Swansea City next week, the player described by his manager Claudio Ranieri as "this fantastic man" will equal the all-time top flight scoring record of 12 consecutive matches established by Sheffield United's Irish forward Jimmy Dunne in the old Division One in 1931-32.
Sheffield United said this week that widespread reports that Blackpool's Stan Mortensen set the record at 11 matches in 1950-51 were incorrect, confirming that Dunne scored 19 goals in his 12-match run between Oct 24, 1931 and Jan 1, 1932.
Vardy, 28, born in Sheffield and a boyhood Sheffield Wednesday fan, has scored 13 in his 11-match streak and 14 for the season, making him the League's top scorer and an early contender for the Footballer of the Year award, which has never been won by a Leicester player.
He has come a long way since being convicted of assault and being placed under police curfew with an electronic tag to monitor his movements while slowly building his career away from the limelight at Stocksbridge, Halifax and Fleetwood Town.
He has played 111 times for Leicester since they gambled a million pounds on his pace and skill to bring them goals and he has not let them down with 39 so far.
Ranieri said: "Jamie made the record, it is fantastic for us.
"An incredible achievement. Five years ago, he played in non-league. It is difficult to grow up so quickly and this fantastic man is not only our goalscorer but he presses, he works hard, he is important."
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